The history of the modern Chiropractic is the story of its long struggle, against strong opposition, to establish Chiropractic as a valid system of health-care because there are major philosophical and theoretical differences between the ways in which chiropractors and medical doctors treat back pain.
However, Daniel David Palmer, in Davenport, USA opened the first School of Chiropractic in 1897 and it became extremely popular form of natural healing straight away and continues till present days.
The word "chiropractic" is derived from the two Greek words "cheiros" and "praktikos", which together mean, "done by hand". Chiropractic was perfectly described in 1935 as “the science of palpating and adjusting the articulations of the human spinal column by hands only”. This is excellent statement, however, modern chiropractic assertions have not stopped at that and today Chiropractic is a drug-free, non-surgical branch of the healing arts, which consider man as an integrated being and give special attention to the physiological and biochemical aspects including structural, spinal, musculoskeletal, neurological, vascular, nutritional, emotional and environmental relationships.
Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that the nervous system controls the function of virtually every tissue, cell, organ and system of the body.
The objective of Chiropractic is to locate nerve interference and by adjusting the vertebrae, remove that interference. This helps restore normal nerve system function, thereby maximizing health potential.
Chiropractic care is a natural method of health care that has helped patients for over 100 years.
Chiropractic helps your muscles, joints and nerves function the way they were intended so your body can heal itself naturally from illness and injury. The body is self-healing and self-regulating so the purpose of healthcare should be to allow the body to do it's own job, with a little interference as possible.
Chiropractic can relieve your pain, restore joint movement, reduce susceptibility to injury and slow down or prevent degenerative diseases such as arthritis and disc disease.
I would definitely save your money and stay away from chiropractors. He can not cure you and from what I've read, most of them are not even particularly helpful in relieving your pain because they are not trained to manipulate your curved spine. I would suggest instead you talk to you doctor about getting evaluated and approved for some physical therapy, engage in light aerobic exercise like swimming and walking, invest in a good massage once a week, and use heat and NSAIDs and maybe muscle relaxers when you are sore. You might want to think about a Sleep Number bed, or memory foam, but make sure you can try it out and return it if you don't like it because they are expensive. I think your family doctor is right on target, and when your youngest is out of diapers (may three or so), go to the best scoliosis specialist in the area if you still have significant pain and get an opinion about next steps.
Jeez, I am so naive about this whole thing. Honestly I have been living in denial this whole time thinking that going to the chiropractor will fix everything. :) Reading your email makes me realize this is bigger than I thought. Well, my first appointment isn't until August 23 so I have plenty of time to do research and come up with some questions for the Dr. Thanks for all your help. I really appreciate it.